Slumping Diamondbacks prepare for pivotal road series againstthe DodgersPosted: Updated:
LOS ANGELES -- For the second weekend in a row, the Arizona Diamondbacks have a chance to take command of the NL West.
They missed an opportunity last week in Chase Field, where they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to take a 4 1/2 game lead with aces Dan Haren and Brandon Webb pitching the next two days.
The Diamondbacks dropped both those games, and now they take slim 1 1/2 game lead into the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles tonight.
It's the final regular-season series between the rivals.
The D-backs are 8-7 against the Dodgers this year and have split six games in Chavez Ravine.
Defending NL West champion Arizona isn't exactly racing to the finish line. The D-backs are 71-68 overall and only 15-16 since Aug. 1.
In any other division, they wouldn't have a prayer of contending.
But their slump hasn't cost them much ground in the woeful NL West, where the D-backs are the only team with a winning record.
The Dodgers have shaved only 1 1/2 games off the lead since August 1st and have failed to make up ground although Arizona has lost dropped seven of its last 10 games.
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